Marie Claire: If You're Not Worried About Justice Kavanaugh Overturning Roe v. Wade—You Should Be
President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and one major reason why is clear: If he is appointed to the Court, Judge Kavanaugh will help overturn Roe v. Wade-the Supreme Court case that affirmed a woman's constitutional right to make decisions about her own body.
The dangers posed by Judge Kavanaugh's nomination are very real. Access to contraception is critical to women's physical and economic wellbeing. Ninety-nine percent of U.S. women who have ever had sex-and by extension, their partners- between the ages of 15-44 have used birth control to treat health conditions, prevent infections, and preserve opportunities at jobs and school. Without contraception, women's health and futures are at risk.
The threat of overturning Roe v. Wade is also serious. When abortions are illegal, women don't stop getting them- they just risk their lives to do it. Today, thanks to Roe, getting an abortion is safer than getting your tonsils out. Before Roe v. Wade, many women turned to back-alley butchers to end their pregnancies.
This fight won't be easy, but we've been here before. In January 2017, millions of people across the country took a stand in one of the largest protests in world history. At the Women's March, women (and friends of women) were loud and clear: A President who demeans women, mocks women, and attacks women would not keep them quiet.
America can't go back to an era of back-alley abortions and can't move into a future where reproductive rights are restricted. It's time for Americans to raise their voices, flood the halls of the Senate, work the phone lines, and tell the President and the Senate: no to Judge Kavanaugh.
Read the full op-ed on the Marie Claire website here.
By: Senator Elizabeth Warren
Source: Marie Claire
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